Apex court rejects prosecution's call to jail, cane low-IQ teen rapist

Presented with two "sub-optimal" options, the apex court said it chose the "least bad" option of reformative training for the teen, who has an IQ of 61 and is now 18.
Presented with two "sub-optimal" options, the apex court said it chose the "least bad" option of reformative training for the teen, who has an IQ of 61 and is now 18.PHOTO: ST FILE

Sentence of reformative training, aimed at rehabilitating young offenders, upheld

A five-judge Court of Appeal on Wednesday (Sept 19) upheld the sentence of reformative training handed down to a teenage rapist in a "difficult" case that has raised the issue of sentencing options for young offenders with intellectual disabilities.

Presented with two "sub-optimal" options, the apex court said it chose the "least bad" option of reformative training for the teen, who has an IQ of 61 and is now 18.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 20, 2018, with the headline 'Apex court rejects prosecution's call to jail, cane low-IQ teen rapist'. Print Edition | Subscribe